9 sep. 2020
Ok, four short sentences and I’m ready to read this book! And 525 pages (or 18 hours) later, I’m glad I did. The story follows Zélie Adebola, who has been chosen by the Sky Mother who is the mother of the gods and the creator of all humans – to bring back magic in the country of Orïsha and restore the majji to their former glory. Zelie is a diviner, who is descended from those with magical blood. She lives in a world where magic is forbidden. It has almost been eradicated by King Saran who fears those he doesn’t understand.Each character has experienced the incredible personal loss of a loved one. They have all witnessed torture and the senseless taking of lives, just because someone looks different. They are determined to make their world a world of peace.The characters each have to battle their own demons. Each chapter is written from the viewpoint of a different character and in this way we can empathise with them. We are able to understand their fears and losses.